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9/19/2018
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Mirai Hackers' Sentence Includes No Jail Time

The trio behind Mirai sentenced to probation and public service in return for cooperation with law enforcement and researchers.

Three men charged with creating and managing the Mirai botnet have pleaded guilty to conspiracy to violate the Computer Fraud & Abuse Act and have been sentenced to a five-year period of probation and 2,500 hours of community service. They also have been ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $127,000 and have voluntarily abandoned significant amounts of cryptocurrency seized during the course of the investigation.

Paras Jha, 22, of Fanwood, N.J.; Josiah White, 21, of Washington, Pa.; and Dalton Norman, 22, of Metairie, La., were sentenced after cooperating extensively with the FBI. As part of their sentences, the three must continue to cooperate with the FBI, law enforcement, and researchers on cybercrime and cybersecurity matters. According to court documents, the defendants have provided assistance that substantially contributed to active complex cybercrime investigations and broader defensive efforts by both law enforcement and cybersecurity researchers.

Jha and Norman also pleaded guilty to the same charge in relation to the Clickfraud botnet. The defendants' involvement with Mirai ended in the fall of 2016, when Jha posted the source code for Mirai on a criminal forum. Noting the defendant's relative youth, Jeffery Peterson, special agent in charge of FBI's Anchorage Field Office, said, "This case demonstrates our commitment to hold criminals accountable while encouraging offenders to choose a different path to apply their skills."

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wfishburne
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wfishburne,
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9/19/2018 | 4:54:22 PM
Slap on the Wrist
I don't care how much help they gave the government. No "assistance" they give will provide restitution to the victims of their malware. All this does is encoruage more malware authors since they have the "Get Out of Jail Free" card of working for the FBI. These guys will also get high paying security jobs for their attacks on other people's equipment, when hard working white hats have to bust their asses to get them. It's so frustrating. There is no justice for the victims when the criminals face no real punishment. Thanks Justice Department, now everybody loses.
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jcavery,
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9/20/2018 | 9:08:05 AM
Re: Slap on the Wrist
I agree with you wfish, I am tired of seeing the bad guys thrust into the spotlight only to become heroes and write books about their "dark past" and make even more money later on as "bad guys turned good". What about the people who never had to break the law to know they were good at what they do? We need to be careful with how we are handling these types of people as you said, it only encourages future generations and makes them conifdent that even if they get caught, they can just flip and work the other angle and still get paid. Criminals aren't the only ones who understand how botnets work.
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